Monday, October 20, 2014

Gulf Coast Half

Get ready for picture overload. I did a fabulous job of capturing everything all weekend! The race was in Mandeville which is about an hour an a half from Baton Rouge. This was the first time I've "traveled" for a race. We left Saturday morning after I had my nails done.

We did a lot of eating Saturday. Carb loading & all that you know.

Lunch was The Beach House. It was so cute. The weather was gorgeous so we were able to eat outside. The nachos were soooo good!!! Our appetizer for dinner was Irish Nachos. I don't know if that's a real thing but that's what they were called. It was french fries with all the nacho toppings. So incredibly good! I limited myself to one glass of wine but I did have dessert. Pumpkin Creme Brulee. YUMMMM!!

After lunch we walked to Varsity Sports to pick up our packets. There was a sale going on so I picked up a cute tank & Dean got fitted for some new shoes.

Lydia, Scott & me in front of Varsity. They were a major sponsor of the race. I love that store. It's locally owned & in a cute little house in Baton Rouge, Mandeville & New Orleans.

After packet pick up we walked around the area. The local Catholic Church was having a fair so we walked around that for a bit & then went to check in the hotel.

I was so excited to pack for this race - something to sleep in, something to run in & no makeup or hair products aside from a brush, visor & ponytail holder. That little white bag was Dean's luggage.....Scott couldn't decide what shoes to wear so he had to bring multiple pair. Once we checked in we decided to rest. Dean watched football & everyone else napped. Once everyone was up we went to Old Rail Brewery to watch the LSU game & eat.

We sat at the bar. It was so fun! We watched the game, chatted with the bartender & Dean chatted with someone who has a brother that was on the flight to Dallas with the ebola patient. Why would you tell people that?? Anyway, it was fun, the food was good & the Tigers won!

The alarm went off at 5:30 Sunday morning which was perfect. I got dressed & was ready in time to eat breakfast at the hotel. I just had an english muffin with peanut butter. My standard breakfast before a long run. We didn't have long to wait once we got parked.

It was 57 degrees which was awesome. Scott was freezing in this picture. He's not a fan of cold weather.

The start of the race, the chick with the butterfly wings was in front of me awhile & it drove me crazy. I was NOT letting someone wearing wings beat me. Lydia was in my line of sight for a lot of the race which helped me. Part of the race went through the Ponchartrain Yacht Club.

I was better at taking pictures while I ran.

These were all taken on the lake front.

I caught up with Lydia around this point.

I loved that part of the race. The water was pretty & the houses were amazing!!

All of the water pics I took are the view from all of the houses front porches. Once I caught up with Lydia I stopped taking pictures because I realized that I was on track with my pace. I did about a zillion calculations in my head as to whether I could PR or not. Every calculation was close but I knew I'd have a better handle on how close once I got to the 10 mile mark.  I made sure to get water or powerade at every water station. I don't drink much because I never stop running so half the cup ends up on me but I do take in a few sips. My plan was to take a GU at mile 10. Around mile 7.5 a guy started chatting with me & Lydia. I like to run & talk because it makes the time go by. How funny is this - he was with us for about half a mile & then he couldn't keep up with us! I thought that was awesome. I'm not fast so it's shocking to me that a man couldn't keep up. Anyway, I was feeling good around mile 8.5 so I decided to go ahead & take the GU. I didn't want to wait too late. I didn't take it all at once though. Just a little at a time & I made it last a mile. If you don't know what GU is, it's flavored & has a ton of sugar in it & it's just gooey. Kinda like pudding but not cold. It's in a little pack that you just tear open & squeeze in your mouth. It's supposed to give you energy.

Around mile 9 Lydia said she didn't think she'd be able to keep up our pace much longer. She slowed down some & I kept going. Mile 9 felt like forever & when I looked at my watch to see how close I was to mile 10 it said 10.35. We were in the park at that point & there hadn't been a mile marker 10. Talk about relieved! The calculations started again at that point & my pace was down to 10 minute miles.Way fast for me! It was going to be close. Finally at mile 12 I was exhausted & knew that I was going to miss a PR. Not by much but I was going to miss it. At that point I was just ready to be done.

As I got closer to the finish line I could see the clock & that's when I realized I was closer than I thought to a PR.  I was looking for Dean & Scott & listening for them but I didn't see or hear them. I did hear the official guy call my name as I crossed the finish line. Official time 2:18:29. My previous PR was 2:19:54. I was excited! I still couldn't find Dean & Scott. I stopped looking & got a place to watch for Lydia. I didn't know where she was but I didn't think she was too far behind me. I tried to call Dean, nothing. Then I saw Lydia.

That's her in the stripes. Girl finished in 2:20 with an 8 MINUTE PR! That's AWESOME!

Still no Dean & Scott. I looked up & here they come strolling along without a care in the world. They were NOT coming from the direction of the finish line. They were coming from the direction of the band & beer!! Yes folks, that's right, they missed me & Lydia crossing the finish line with PR's. Lydia had said she hoped to finish in 2:30 or less because that's her usual time. I said 2:30 because I had a bum leg & didn't know how it would hold up. So that's what they were betting on. Oh well.

I just realized Scott didn't have his medal on.

We all went to the PT tent & got stretched out. This is what happened when Lydia told them her knees were bothering her.

Too funny!

I'm not a beer drinker so I was really happy to see wine!

My official stats - 43rd in my age group & 502 overall. I think there were around 1000 people in the race.
After the race we listened to the band for awhile & had some food. After we dropped Scott & Lydia off I decided that since I burned almost 1400 calories I wanted a treat. It just so happened that we needed to get gas & a Dairy Queen was next to the gas station. It was fabulous!!!

During the race I didn't have any real issues with anything hurting. My leg held up fine. However, late in the race I could feel my left leg/hip. After the car ride home walking was interesting. This morning walking was a struggle. Pretty much everything hurts between my waist & ankles. I've iced, foam rolled & taken Advil. Hopefully, I'll be back to normal soon. We leave for Napa Wednesday!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

It's Almost Time!

Sunday is my 3rd Half Marathon. I don't have high expectations. In fact I'm trying to have no expectations. No expectations means you're never disappointed. When Sunday gets here it will be exactly 2 weeks since my last run. I have soreness in my right leg, at the top kinda where it meets your body, if that makes sense. It's not awful. I can pinpoint the exact day that the "injury" occurred. It was 2 weeks ago yesterday. I ran my 5 miles that morning, got to work & proceeded to walk up 6 flights of stairs 3 times that day. Our office is on the 6th floor. Then when I got home I did whatever day it was of the 30 day challenge which was a leg heavy workout. At that point I started to hurt. It got progressively better that week & I had a long run that Sunday. I ran my 11 miles, was a little sore but ok. I got in my car to drive home from the lakes which takes approximately 7 minutes. When I got out of the car walking was a problem. Luckily, it was better the next day. Some days are worse than others but I can deal with it. Anyway, all that to say no expectations. Not to mention it's going to be warmer than my previous Half's. Thankfully, it's not supposed to be crazy hot. The forecast says it will be 57 at the start of the race & should be in the low 60's when I finish. They say partly cloudy too which you'll never hear me complain about when running. I don't want to run in the rain, been there done that, but clouds are awesome!

Have you heard of the Warrior Dash? It's one of those crazy races that has mud, fire & lots of obstacles. My brother, Scott & SIL Lydia have done it before. They attempted to get me to do it with them. I'm not sure why they even tried. Complete waste of time. I've changed A LOT but I don't do mud & fire. Sweat is one thing, getting dirty is another. I don't like it. Scott finished 4th overall.

This was one of his race pictures. He looks rather clean here but at one point you slide down a giant slide into a pool of mud. BLECH!

My friend Cindy has committed to run the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon. At some point I'd love to do a Disney race. They're not cheap & they're very popular so they sell out. Cindy is running through their Charity Groups program. She's committed to raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Cindy's mom passed away a couple of years ago from Leukemia. Aside from donations Cindy planned a Virtual 5K. We're even getting cute shirts. 9 of us got together Monday morning & did our 5K.

Please excuse my crazy eyes & crazy reflecting shoes! Several of the ladies aren't runners so we all walked & talked. We had a lot of fun & I'm sure there were some people wondering what was going on because we got a little loud a couple of times.

When I put my watch on the battery was dead so we had to go old school & track our mileage using the phone. It felt good to get outside & do something since I hadn't been running.

Last night Cindy asked if anyone wanted to walk again. There were 6 of us this morning.

We were either slower today or the watch is just more accurate than the phone. My leg felt MUCH better. The more I walked the better it felt. Let's hope that's the case Sunday. Still no expectations.

Tonight we'll be switching things up a little & going to Caliente for dinner. Being that we're regulars there we've all gotten to know the owner & she's super sweet. Tonight she's donating a portion of sales to Cindy's fundraising effort. At this point I think we have somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 people going. It should be a fun night,


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Beach!!

Thursday after work Jackie & Cindy picked me up & off we went to the beach! We stopped in Mississippi to eat at The Shed. It's so good!

This is what we woke up to Friday morning.

We had gorgeous weather!

We spent the day at the beach.

Malibu is my favorite. So good with pineapple juice & blue curacao! Friday night we headed to the outlet mall in Foley. Imagine how happy we were when we went in Michael Kors to find a sale going on! We shopped for awhile & then had dinner at Doc's Seafood. It's another hole in wall but good. Since Jackie & her husband bought their condo last year they've scoped out lots of good restaurants. I thought this was the cutest thing.

I ordered a Dr Pepper. I hadn't had one in awhile. They brought me a glass & then this cute pitcher full of DP. I didn't drink it all but it wasn't for lack of trying. I hated that it was going to waste. The others ordered Diet Coke & tea & both got a little pitcher.

Saturday morning Sheri & Steph were coming to town so while we waited Cindy & I worked out.

I stuck with the exercise bike. Once they got there we were off to the beach.

I CANNOT STAND THE BIRDS! After I took this picture there were 8 of them in a line & they all had their backs to me. I was eating some chips. It was like they thought I didn't know they were paying attention because their backs were to me but I knew what they were doing. Finally, they flew off to annoy someone else.

We lovingly refer to Cindy as our cup lady. She handles all of our group's styrofoam cup needs & let me tell you it's a big job.
Of course there were beach appropriate ones! Aren't they adorable?

Jackie with her white peeps! It's really disconcerting to sit next to her at the beach! I'm lathering myself with SPF 55 because of course I missed spots Friday & have some random burned places while Jackie coats herself with SPF 4 oil.

After spending the day on the beach we went BACK to the outlet mall. Everyone wanted to go back to visit Michael. I bought my anniversary gifts. A cross body bag that also converts to a shoulder bag & a new pair of sunglasses. With the sales that were going on I could've bought several more things but I refrained. We shopped & had dinner at Cosmo's. We ate on the patio & it was such a nice night.

We were sad to go home Sunday but we had breakfast at Another Broken Egg before we left. It was delicious! I've really become a big fan of breakfast.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Anniversary Weekend

Friday night we went with my parents & Logan to Live After Five. It's downtown on Friday's during the fall & there's a different band every week. The weather was fabulous and we had a good time. After it was over Dean & I stopped at WalkOns to eat. This is the Ta-Ta Tamer!

It was really good and $3.00 goes towards breast cancer research. Just doing my part! We ordered the onion ring tower. I know it says tower but I wasn't expecting this. 

I swear it was like 10 lbs. of onions. They were really good but we didn't finish them until last night. No joke!

Saturday was our anniversary. We had errands to run so we had breakfast out. We went to Another Broken Egg. Sooo good! These are biscuit beignets.

Really good & the honey marmalade was amazing!

I've become a huge fan of eggs benedict. This had crab cakes. Wow! Delish!

Saturday night we went to Caliente with some of the regular crew to watch the LSU game. We last until the beginning of the third quarter & decided to call it a night. It's not fun to lose.

Since it was our anniversary we did manage to take a picture. I'm not happy with it but whatevs.

I did my long run Sunday with Scott & Lydia at the LSU lakes. It's so pretty out there.

There are several different lakes & lots of trees and gorgeous houses. 

It's very obvious by the pics that I'm not usually a take pictures while I run girl. I'll have to practice.

If we ever win the lottery I will be living with a view of one of these lakes.
 It will have to be a big lottery!

We're all running the Gulf Coast Half in Mandeville on the 19th. Lydia ran 10 mi., I did 11 and Scott did 13 (Showoff). It's bad enough that you know he's fast & he's running further than you are but when he starts after you & goes running by & then passes you again when you've only ran 8 it's a bit annoying. Did I mention Scott taunts us as he goes by? Yeh, annoying.

11 miles in 2:04 & I burned 1191 calories. One thing about running later than I normally do is that I don't have as much time to eat back all of the calories I burned!!


Friday, October 3, 2014

I Think I'm in Love

Have y'all heard of Kendra Scott? She's designs all sorts of fabulous jewelry. Really, really cute stuff. Sweet little Amelia-Ann, my neighbor, turns 16 today. I can't imagine how her parents feel because I'm in shock over the whole thing. She was 6 & the cutest little girl ever when we moved in. I wanted to get her an actual gift rather than a gift card or something. Her older sister mentioned Kendra to me & I knew that was perfect. So off I went Wednesday after work. I found a super cute necklace for her. Well, I think it's super cute but who knows, she's 16 after all. Anyway, I'd love it if someone gave it to me. Wednesday night was ladies night & all bracelets & rings were 15% off. I bought myself a bracelet.

I'm not sure what my problem is but when shopping for gifts for other people I always find stuff for myself.  Anyway, if you're looking for cute jewelry you should check out Kendra.

Last night we went to Flemings for our anniversary dinner. Our 11th anniversary is tomorrow but there's a LSU game so we'll be watching that with friends.The food was delicious! No pictures because I feel a little self conscious whipping out the camera in a semi-fancy restaurant. I had an amazing wedge salad that had a strip of bacon instead of crumbles & little slabs of blue cheese. So very good. I wasn't in the mood for steak but they had sea bass last night & it was delicious. We splurged & had dessert too. Carrot cake. Yes, I know, who gets carrot cake in a restaurant? So glad we did. It was amazing! It was served with homemade chantilly whipped cream. They even put a little candle on it for our anniversary. It was a good night.

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy October!!

No, I'm not a big fan of Halloween. I mean I don't have strong feelings against it, I'm just not a oh yay let's go dress up & go to a party. October is my favorite month though. Our anniversary is the 4th & my birthday is the 29th. What big plans do we have Saturday you ask?? Yeh that would be a big fat nothing. We'll go to dinner but it won't be Saturday because you know, there's a LSU game to watch. We do have a trip to Napa booked in a few weeks. I'm looking forward to that. I also have a girls trip o the beach planned for next weekend. My Half Marathon is Oct. 19th so we'll be in Mandeville for that. Looking at all that makes me realize that it's going to be November before I know it. That means Christmas will be here soon. I don't think I'm ready for that.

Friday night we went to Live After 5:00 to see Werewolf. Love them! They play lots of 80's & 90's music.

Saturday was my 10 mile run. I was registered for a 5K so I had to break up the run. I wasn't sure how this would work for me.I got up at 5:15 & got 7 miles in before the race.

When I finished I grabbed some water & took off to the race. It was at Pennington Biomedical. Allie did the race with me. We didn't take any pictures. I was running this race for the mileage. The plan was to not worry about my time.

My official chip time was 30:53 which is just a couple of seconds slower than my PR. I was shocked! I was 4 in my age group. I can't figure out how to feel about this. I almost PR'd & I'd already ran 7 miles sooooo that means I should be able to go faster when just running a 5K. It's just weird. After the race I managed to get in a nap but believe it or not it was only 1.5 hours. What I did not do was take an ice bath. When I start getting up to 9 or so miles I try to do an ice bath. It definitely works! I've been sore this week.

Saturday night was the LSU game. We got together with our friends & I ate way too much. Crab dip, bruschetta, lasagna, bread, corn dip and this

WEDDING CAKE CUPCAKE!!! Seriously, I couldn't resist. I kept telling myself I ran 10 miles but really I did not need all of that food.

Sunday my parents came over & we were hoping to swim but it rained. Oh well. It's supposed to be cool this weekend so we may be done swimming for the year.

Monday morning I was up early to get my run in.

I was happy that I got the whole 5 miles done because there was a light rain.

This morning was tough. I got up ok but I was sore & tired.
I got it done. The annoying boot campers got me going too. I've mentioned before how they take over the road. Today there was a tire & a rope. I don't know if they're doing Crossfit or what. They need to learn to share the road!

At some point today I developed an eye twitch. OMG so annoying! Seriously, it's driving me crazy. I hope it disappears as fast as it appeared.